You guys! This project is so sweet and summery, and EASY! You can make this with me by watching the video! Click here!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Decorative lemons (mine are from last year at Dollar Tree, but you can find them at craft stores.)
Green twisted paper cord (Dollar Tree)
Black and white ribbon
Leafy greenery garland
Plaid beads for hanger (Amazon)
Six slats from shutters (You can use paint sticks, craft sticks or shims)
Moss / grass from Dollar Tree
Craft sticks to brace slats together
White paint (I used Waverly)
Beaded trim (Hobby Lobby)
Here’s how to make this fun project:
Glue your slats together and brace them with craft sticks on the back.
Paint the sticks with white paint, giving a distressed look if you’d like.
It’s time to make the cardboard pot. Y’all, this really is easy! Corrugated cardboard is the kind with the ripples in between layers. Just spray the top layer with water, don’t soak it, and wait a few minutes. You’ll be able to separate the layers and expose the rippled section. (See below.) Trim it to fit your surface. You’ll want it to bow out (we will stuff it later).
I used Jenga blocks to anchor it down. Just hot glue one to each side, this will allow you to glue the blocks directly to your surface.
Now cut a half circle that will serve as the bottom of your pot. You’ll want a little scrap of cardboard to give it something to adhere to. Attach this piece as a connection between the inside of the pot and the inside of the bottom. (See below.)
Now we have the pot all ready for “planting”!
Now glue the pot down towards the bottom so we will have room for the lemon tree. It should look something like this:
Cut lemons in half with an Xacto knife. Mine are Styrofoam inside, yours may be hollow, so be careful!
Once your lemons are halved, cut leaf shapes from the twisted paper cord. (Mine came from Dollar Tree.)
I cut three or four for each lemon. Is that not the cutest little leaf?
Let’s get that leafy garland and make the greenery for the tree. You might find this at Dollar Tree, but Hobby Lobby and Michaels usually has it.
Just hot glue pieces down, and add some twisted paper cording for the stem. I glued two cords together and then hot glued them to the surface.
Hot glue the lemons onto the tree. I used three halves.
This beaded trim is just right to accent our planter! I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
Fun Fact: the beaded trim needs a tiny spot of hot glue to keep the beads from rolling off of the string. Be sure to glue the end before you put your trim away.
Let’s fill the planter! I just put a few scraps of cardboard inside to use as a filler, then put some hot glue in to keep it all together. Then I added my Dollar Tree moss on top!
These buffalo checked beads were just right for my hanger. One of our sweet friends sent these to me, but you can find them on Amazon. Oh, and see that little gingham bow on the pot? It’s a great element to tie everything together!
After you string your beads for the hanger, hot glue each end of the string on the back. I usually cover it with a piece of a craft stick to make it extra strong.
This is how the back looks with the hanger installed.
You guys! Comment below and let me know if you make one! I think she’s just purdy! She will cheer up any room in the house!
I hope y’all enjoyed this project as much as I did and would love to see you post your creations over on our Lizzy and Erin Designs VIP group page that can be found on Facebook.